Couple accuse UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside Hospital, physicians of negligence

By Louie Torres | Aug 9, 2017

PITTSBURGH – An Allegheny County couple allege the husband required extensive hospitalization because of negligent treatment.

John R. Orie Jr. and Christine T. Orie filed a complaint in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County against UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside Hospital; University of Pittsburgh  Physicians, Lawrence Wei, M.D.; Vinay Badhwar, M.D.; Serrie Lico, M.D.;  and Penny Sappington, M.D. alleging professional negligence.

According to the complaint, John R. Orie Jr. was admitted to UPMC Passavant Hospital for shortness of breath, was given heparin, and transferred on Jan. 3, 2015, to UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside Hospital. The suit states that while in the defendants' care, the plaintiff needed treatment for heparin-induced thrombocytopenia, ischemic bowel, kidney failure and other ailments.

The plaintiffs holds UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside Hospital, University of Pittsburgh Physicians, Wei, Badhwar, Lico and Sappington responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to timely take appropriate action to response to positive lab tests indicating heparin-induced thrombocytopenia and failed to timely and properly recognize heparin-induced thrombocytopenia.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment against the defendants in an amount that exceeds $35,000 plus court costs. They are represented by James E. DePasquale and Jonathan A. Orie of Orie & Zivic in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County case number GD-17-000246

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